Lemon Drop Bars

These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you’ll find this treat hard to resist!

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These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you'll find this treat hard to resist!

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I love lemon desserts! So tart and refreshing, they are perfect for summer, winter, and everything in between. Now, everybody needs a good lemon bar recipe, amiright? This lemon bar recipe is not only the BEST, but it has a secret topping that really takes it over the top…candied lemon zest! Candied lemon zest tastes exactly like a lemon drop and makes the ideal garnish for these tart bars.

These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you'll find these Lemon Drop Bars hard to resist!

All you do is combine lemon zest with granulated sugar and let it mingle for a bit and get all lemon drop-y and when you add that fantastically sweet and tart combo to the top of the already perfect lemon bars, man, are you in for a treat! (The perfect lemon zest is just a microplane away – I use mine all the time!)

These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you'll find these Lemon Drop Bars hard to resist!

The graham cracker crust is the perfect way to deliver this tart goodness to your mouth. Perfectly crisp, crunchy, and lightly sweetened, it’s terrific counterbalance to the lemon filling.

These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you'll find these Lemon Drop Bars hard to resist!

And the lemon filling…you guys! So creamy and refreshingly tart – I dare you to eat just one! Lots of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest give these bars extra lemon flavor that you’re sure to love!

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These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you'll find this treat hard to resist!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
Lemon Filling
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
Topping
  • candied lemon zest (recipe below)
  • powdered sugar (optional)
Candied Lemon Zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp key lime and/or lemon zest (optional)
Instructions
Graham Cracker Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  3. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a small bowl and stir until combined.
  4. Press the graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press down firmly. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to really pack it in.
  5. Bake the graham cracker crust for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Lemon Filling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and zest together in a medium bowl.
  3. Pour over cooled crust and bake for 25 minutes. Let the bars chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Candied Lemon Zest
  1. Combine lemon zest and sugar in a small bowl toss together gently making sure the zest is completely coated with the sugar. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle the candied lemon zest over the top of the cooled bars along with the powdered sugar if desired.
  3. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you'll find this treat hard to resist!

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Comments

  1. These look heavenly. All the lovely zest! I am so down. And citrus makes everything all bright and happy!
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  2. I love a good lemon bar! The candied lemon zest on these is perfect!
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  3. These sound wonderful and I have a bag of lemons sitting, and waiting for me to turn them into something delicious. Could you please tell me how much sugar you add to your graham cracker crust, I don’t think I see an amount listed. Thanks!

  4. These look perfect, Trish!! Lemon treats are my absolute favorite! I could seriously inhale this entire batch!

  5. These look amazing! I love lemon flavored desserts!

  6. YUM!! I could eat lemons bars all year long too…on of my faves, and these look amazing Trish

  7. Yum! So tart and refreshing!
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  8. Really awesome pictures!

    All the best from Chris!

  9. I’m not much of a baker. How long do you have to let it chill for?

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